Many communities are responding to the needs of caregivers of aging parents and loved ones and beginning to offer a wide varity of caregiving services.
First, check with your local Area Agency on Aging - they are a wealth of information about resources in your area. They also have a scholarship program for respite care hours. Additionally, your local Senior Center is also a good place to gather information.
Senior Centers and Hospitals often have adult day care programs so that you can continue working or can get some much needed respite. Assisted living facilities are beginning to offer these services, as well, and often have overnight respite available.
Home Care Agencys offer hourly or daily rates for companion care and light services (generally non-professional - R.N.s can be found from Home HEALTH Care Agencies).
Do not overlook obtaining the advice of a licensed occupational therapist or Geriatric Care Manager who can help you evaluate the surroundings of your loved one to make sure they are safe and can make recommendations for improvements. (You will need a prescription from a physician for an occupational therapy visit, but it is easily obtained.)
If you need legal advice (and you will), be sure that the attorney you contact has a specialty in elderlaw.
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